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Culture as Catharsis

How music and literature can provide catharsis in America, South Africa, Spain and the UK.

American singer Jayanthi Kyle discusses the song Hand in Hand, a protest song she co-wrote with Wes Burdine about the high profile killings of African American men by police in America. The song has become an anthem sung at Black Lives Matter rallies in Minneapolis. Jayanthi reflects on what artists can do to advance racial equality and justice.

Also in the programme; London based Greek novelist Panos Karnezis considers whether Britain's decision to leave the EU should have been anticipated by artists, writer Yewande Omotoso asks how literature is engaging the with legacy of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa 20 years on, and 80 years after the Spanish Civil War began, flamenco artist Paco Peña discusses how music and art can help a country wrestle with its past.

With Tina Daheley.

(Photo: Jayathi Kyle: Credit: Tony Webster)

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27 minutes

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  • Sat 16 Jul 2016 08:32GMT
  • Sat 16 Jul 2016 11:32GMT
  • Sat 16 Jul 2016 19:06GMT
  • Sat 16 Jul 2016 21:06GMT
  • Sun 17 Jul 2016 04:32GMT

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